Troubador The Death of an Invisible Man

Released: 28/09/2020

ISBN: 9781838595388

eISBN: 9781800467132

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Death of an Invisible Man


“I am unique. I belong to a tribe of one.” So says Hare Yehuda Felatu at the opening of his autobiography. Born in 1930, his mother was a Welsh Jewish socialist intellectual, his father a New Zealand Maori All-black rugby star. He goes on to give an account of his remarkable (if ‘invisible’) life: from being part of the bohemian set in Soho’s Colony Room in the 1950s, where he became a friend, model and part-time bodyguard to Francis Bacon to working for the Kray Twins in the 60s and being befriended in the 1970s and 80s by the likes of Lord Boothby, Princess Margaret and members of Margaret Thatcher’s government.

So, how does he end up lying dead on a London street in 2001? 

Becky Stone, a young researcher, becomes obsessed with Felatu, partly because he happened to die around the corner from where she lives, but mostly because she is researching 1950s bohemian Soho for an exhibition. And so, she begins her own investigation into his murder, during which she meets the mysterious David Reznikoff, the only person left who had known Felatu since the 1950s. Through him, she discovers the manuscript of Felatu’s autobiography.

Will it reveal clues as to who murdered him and why?

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Stephen Goldenberg

I was born in London and have lived there most of my life. I studied for a law degree at Oxford University but subsequently decided to train to be a secondary school English and Media Studies teacher. I taught in inner London comprehensives until taking early retirement to concentrate on my writing.

During my teaching career, I co-edited and wrote articles for a radical education magazine, edited and produced teaching books and materials for schools' television and edited two books of teaching resources for Hutchinsons. I contributed stories to a publication Teachers as Writers and to Waterfront, a writers' magazine published by Waterman's Art Centre. I also wrote occasional articles for other educational publications including the TES and contributed to broadcasts on Radio 4. In the mid-1980s I wrote a novel, The Lesson, which received some positive feedback. I self-published my second novel, Stony Ground, a few years ago.

I now divide my time between London and an old stone house in South-Western France which I've renovated with my partner. My next novel will be set in London and South-West France.

As well as writing, I'm an avid reader and enjoy walking, cycling, cinema and theatre-going and watching football.

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